Friday, July 29, 2011

Wayward by R.B. Henderson

R. B. Henderson’s third book of poetry—Egoism; Desire; Greed; Flaws; and The Way—is weaved through with selections of his form of one breath poems.

The rules are: use at least ten lines, write only one sentence, have a strong rhyme scheme and be able to recite it all in one breath.

Richard has lectured with and published the newsletter for the Long Island Writing Project in Patchogue, New York. He lives in central Florida.

His poems have been published in:

Mount Dora Art League Newsletter; Writers One The Grill; An Odyssey: The Journey and the Journal; Pulse The Magazine; From Under The Bridges Of America Anthology; and Under The Cosmic Sofa Anthology.

Published books include:

Epiphanics, iUniverse, 2007
More Gall Than Honey, Partners In Crime Publishers, 2008
Wayward, Partners In Crime Publishers, 2010

The book is available at

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Message about Audiobooks from Deborah Shlian

Barbara Whitesides, a nationally known radio talk show host and now audiobook narrator and I have written an eBook guide for authors who wish to create an Audiobook version of their work. The market has really started to take off as Audiobooks are available in easy to download MP3 formats as well as CD.

Unlike the past, authors who have the audio rights to their books can now choose to self-publish and take advantage of the profits from this platform. Our eBook is only 99 cents and is available on Kindle from Amazon and the Apple iBook (iPad) as well as other formats through Smashwords:

Pirates and Cartels Nominated for Award

Lee and Vista Boyland are proud to announce that the Military Writers Society of America has nominated Pirates and Cartels in the Fiction -- Thriller category. If selected, they will be awarded a medal (gold or silver or bronze).

MWSA also selected Pirates and Cartels as the May Book of the Month.

Winners will be announced at the annual convention in Pittsburgh at the end of September 2011.

Lee and Vista Boyland
Author of the award winning trilogy

The Rings of Allah
Behold An Ashen Horse
America Reborn
Pirates and Cartels

An Offer from Raff Ellis

Want to trade books?

One of the problems I have concerns my ability to buy many of the books that are listed on this site. Do I wish to take a chance on an unknown author? I does take time and money. I’ve come up with an idea that might interest some of the subscribers to Florida Book News.

I am willing to trade my latest book (Dam Foolishness, released by indy publisher Cune Press, cover price $27.95) with any other author—even up, no matter their cover price. The only caveat would be both we would promise to write a short review and post it on Amazon, provided they can honestly give it a minimum of four stars. I have done this with two authors I’ve met over the internet and we have been very satisfied with the results.

If anyone is interested in this idea, my contact information is listed below.

From Midwest Book Review ...
The editors at the respected Midwest Book Review gave Dam Foolishness *****

Small town America has its own charm... and its own problems. "Dam Foolishness & Other Recollections" is a memoir from Raff Ellis where he discusses his own charming picturesque life in the town of Carthage, an isolated small town in New York state that maintained its charm and livelihood even after the businesses abandoned it to its fate. With humor and charm, "Dam Foolishness" more than explains life in small town America, what it leaves on its people, and what it means for the American spirit.

Raff Ellis, Author/Lecturer

Monday, July 25, 2011

Jennifer Swanson Publishes Nonfiction Books for Children

Jennifer Swanson, the author of the Penny and Rio fiction books for children has just branched out into authoring nonfiction science books for kids.

Seven books will be released on August 1st!

Two are from Capstone Press:

Univited Guests: Invisible Creatures Lurking in Your Home and Body Bugs: Invisible Creatures Lurking Inside You. Click here to see them.

Five books are from The Child's World:

How Submarines Work
How The Internet Works
How Solar Power Works
How Electricity Works
How Hybrid Cars Work

You can find them on Amazon. Click here.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Spotlight on Book Binders and Watch Winders...

Today Florida Book News welcomes Book Binders and Watch Winders, a wonderful new independent used bookstore, to Melbourne, Florida. They are located in the Eau Gallie Arts District. It's a charming location with much to offer. Be sure to stop by and get to know them.

Recently I spoke to one of the owners, James Walton. He agreed to an interview to spotlight the launch of
Book Binders and Watch Winders. Enjoy...

Tell us abut Book Binders and Watch Winders. What will the public find when they stop by the shop?

Casual and friendly staff, comfortable spots to read a book.
It's OK to take a book across the street to the park if you wish. Complimentary coffee, deep in popular authors and important literature. Non fiction in many areas, such as sports, military, space and aviation, home and garden, reference..

We are focusing on increasing our stock of art books to go along with demand since we are in EGAD (
Eau Gallie Arts District) with all the galleries located near. Our other area of focus is children's book with around 2000 titles from baby thru teens.

We are fairly organized like a normal bookstore and our books are clean and in good shape. We have tried to make sure the store space is open and inviting, not
claustrophobic, and that all our books are likely to be of interest.

We have very few obscure authors or subjects so that people can see easily if we have what they want. We are hoping that people will check with us first before going to Barnes and Noble. You're likely to pay less for the same book here.

You said the shop is a co-op. What do you mean by that?

There are six of us who all kicked in on this. We are longtime friends or family. We all do something else for a living and work at least 4hrs a week at the shop. Also there are plenty of teens to help if needed. We don't have a lot of rules and no one's really in charge. What could go wrong?

Sadly, many bookstores have closed recently. Why open a bookstore now?

We all love books and bookstores. The bookstore in downtown Melbourne that closed was due to the owner passing away and no one in her family could take it over. I think there may have been a rental rate issue due to it being downtown. Our landlord has been terrific and the EGAD art community has been very welcoming. There is a definite connection between art and books and we fit in well. For example, I walked up the sidewalk to find Ralph from the art supply dragging a book rack he had but was not using to our store. It worked well for us and was very kind.

What types of events will you be hosting at the shop on a regular basis?

The EGAD Art Walk on the first Friday of each month is fun with us. We have a poetry reading and open mic from 4-6 and then an author signing during the walk. There may be a little wine around too.

Tell the readers a little about why you chose to locate Book Binders and Watch Winders in the Eau Gallie Arts District.

The surrounding businesses and park are conducive to our business, and we figured the traffic flow was excellent by our front door. We have public parking 100 feet down the hill. Also, the spot is cozy with old brick and nice windows.

What are the goals of Book Binders and Watch Winders for the next few years?

We hope to become a known fixture and perhaps will expand when the economy improves.

Thanks for a great interview.... Florida Book News welcomes Book Binders and Watch Winders to Melbourne, Florida. You'll find this new independent bookstore at 535 W. Eau Gallie next to Concepts on Highland and across from Eau Gallie Square Park. Please stop by and get acquainted. And, don't forget to watch Florida Book News for upcoming events at the store.

How to Slay A Dragon by Bill Allen... See special offer information.

SCWG member Bill Allen's book, How to Slay a Dragon, Book One of the Journals of Myrth has been selected by Amazon to participate as one of the 900 books in their current "Big Deal" promotion (Visit amazon ebooks, The Big Deal for a limited time to purchase the Kindle version for 99 cents.)

On the first day of the promotion, How to Slay a Dragon was selected as an Editor's Choice, launching it into the #1 ranked ebook in Children's Fiction Literature, #2 in Children's Humor, #2 in Children's Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic, and #117 in overall book sales.

How to Slay a Dragon was released by Bell Bridge Books in January of this year. A modfied version of Book One of the Greg Hart Trilogy, a self-published series printed between 2007 and 2009, How to Slay a Dragon is a humorous adventure story about a twelve-year-old boy forced to slay a dragon because of a mistake in a prophecy.

The second and third books of the Greg Hart Trilogy have also been accepted by Bell Bridge Books and are due to be released early next year.

To read more about How to Slay a Dragon click here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ParentWise: The Emotional Challenges of Family Life and How to Deal with Them by Loren Buckner

Psychotherapist Loren Buckner explores parenting on a deeper level in new book:

ParentWise: The Emotional Challenges of Family Life and How to Deal with Them is now available nationwide

BookLocker announces the release of ParentWise: The Emotional Challenges of Family Life and How to Deal with Them by Loren Buckner, LCSW. A thoughtful and thought-provoking guide, ParentWise (ISBN: 978-1-60910-111-4, Trade Paper, 200 pages, $16.95) is now available wherever fine books are sold. ParentWise is also available in an eBook edition (ASIN: B004XN53NE, $9.99).

Parents often lament that kids aren’t born with instructions securely fastened to their big toes. In the quiet solitude of night, mothers and fathers wonder: why didn’t anybody tell me that parenting was going to be so hard? An emotionally tough but rewarding job, parenting brings with it innumerable ups and downs— excitement, worry, joy, sadness, intense love and intense fear.

With the knowledge of a seasoned psychotherapist, the wisdom that comes from thirty years of marriage, and the experience of raising two kids to adulthood, Loren Buckner is uniquely qualified to join the parenting discussion with her new book, ParentWise: The Emotional Challenges of Family Life and How to Deal with Them.

Much more than the standard how to be a good parent self-help book, ParentWise is an intimate conversation about the emotional turmoil of parenting. In this extraordinary and valuable guide, author Loren Buckner delves deep into the heart of the emotional and psychological implications of being a parent.

ParentWise helps parents understand how their own life histories factor into the parenting equation. Delivered in a straightforward, clear, and imminently readable style, ParentWise tackles the toughest emotions and issues parents face and helps parents both explore and accept their darker emotions—those feelings that seem too shameful or frightening to discuss.

Filled with the sage advice of a mother who has been in the trenches and the insights of an expert therapist , ParentWise is filled with examples drawn from Buckner’s private life and professional practice. Moreover, ParentWise includes easily understandable action steps and intentions whereby parents can achieve greater understanding of themselves and their children, overcome common challenges of family life, and ultimately become better parents.

According to psychologist Dr. Sylvia Johnson, “I will wholeheartedly recommend ParentWise to my clients. Parents will learn invaluable tools for healing themselves and their relationships with their children.”

About the author:

Loren Buckner, LCSW grew up in White Plains, New York. She received a B.A in the Administration of Justice from American University and earned a Master of Social Work degree from Tulane University. She is a Fellow at the International Psychotherapy Institute, a member of the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance, and a member of the Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society.

Loren began her career as a substance abuse counselor in Waitsfield, Vermont. In 1980, she and her husband moved to Barcelona, Spain to teach English. From Spain, they relocated to Tampa, Florida, where Loren is currently in private practice as a psychotherapist.

She is the mother of two grown children and has been married for over thirty years. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Loren has addressed local, national and international groups about the emotional challenges of raising children.

Loren frequently serves as a guest columnist and her article discussing the Casey Anthony trial from a ParentWise perspective was recently published in the Orlando Sentinel. Visit Loren Buckner on the web at:

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The First Church of Siren by Wig Nelson

The First Church of Siren by Wig Nelson is now available on Kindle and the Xeries Press Online Bookstore.

This second book in the Sirens series is a fast-paced, action-packed, sci-fi adventure, which takes place on three planets: Earth, Siren, and Preculis

After making the decision to join an exodus back to their home planet in the first book of the series, Sirens, the sirens from Earth were enjoying a heroes’ welcome on Siren until they realized something was missing in their lives. They prayed for the answer and found that indeed what was missing was prayer, which had been banished to The Monopole Valley on Siren centuries ago.

Unfortunately, outward display of emotion, be it public or private, was looked down upon as well. Love was also limited to the primitives of The Monopole Valley.

The Earth sirens once again enlist the help of their benefactor, Grand Master Phodan of Preculis, to help them relocate their church to Earth on a lake in central Florida. There, they hoped to worship free of religious persecution, but Earth has a bigotry of its own that they will have to deal with. . Regardless of the planet you're on, religious intolerance is a part of history that seems doomed to repeat itself.

The First Church of Siren on Kindle:

The First Church of Siren in the Xeries Press Online Bookstore:

Write Your Life Story with Linda Jump

MELBOURNE—The Space Coast Writers’ Guild will offer a second summer four-session class in August to assist adults to write their life’s story.

Linda Jump, author of From Memories to Memoir Using the Jump Start Method, will lead the class at the Fountains of Melbourne at 4451 Stack Blvd. Classes are from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays on August 8, 10, 15 and 17 in the Community Room. Cost is $40 for all classes, packets with handouts and materials needed, as well as beverages.

Classes are planned to be sequential, with writing assignments to be read and shared each class.
“These classes will provide the tools needed to begin and finish your life’s story. That is the greatest heirloom you can leave your descendants, and the major cost is your time and memories,” Jump said.

Jump is a former newspaper reporter and photographer, most recently for Florida Today. She is the author of three published books and numerous magazine articles. She co-facilitates an ongoing Writing Your Life class through the Shepherd’s Center of South Brevard and has led numerous writing workshops nationally.

Attendees will receive tips to get started, overcome any writer’s blocks, and to improve their writing. Several hands-on writing practices are planned, including writing a six-word memoir, creating life timelines and practice in re-writing their first sentences to create more compelling beginnings.

For information or to receive a registration form, call Jump at 321-952-7422 or e-mail her at Walk-in students are also welcome.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

IBEX Trophy by John Cammalleri


Renzo Crespi is a young Italian soldier serving in Italian-occupied Corsica during World War II. The locals aren’t always pleasant with the occupying troops, particularly a young woman by the name of Adrienne Santi. Adrienne is the granddaughter of the wealthiest and most influential man in the area, and she is not happy to be serving soldiers who are not native to Corsican soil … until she meets Renzo.

Renzo and Adrienne fall in love, despite the possibility of terrible consequence. Their sin is fraternizing with the enemy; if their affair is discovered, Renzo could be court-martialed. Adrienne has much to lose as well, as her behavior could be seen as a betrayal to her country— especially in the eyes of the Maquisards, a rebel group hell-bent on liberating Corsica at any cost.
It’s not long before the evils of war threaten to overtake Renzo and Adrienne’s love. The Maquisards are ready to act, and soon Renzo and his Italian comrades find themselves in the middle of upheaval. Is love strong enough to survive a military coup? Only time will tell if either of the star-crossed lovers will live long enough to find out. It is a test of devotion, patriotism, and morality, as Italian and Corsican alike fight for their own versions of freedom.

About the Author

John Cammalleri was born in Paterson, NJ, attended Rutgers University, and spent thirty-three years in the corporate world in the areas of finance and logistics. Retiring in 2007, he and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Fort Pierce, Florida. John is a member of the Treasure Coast Writers Guild and the Florida Writers Association. His first novel was Protecting the Cittern.
Visit his website at .

Co-Author Salvatore Cammalleri, John's father, was in Corsica as an Italian soldier during the time the novel is set, and much of the novel is based on his own experiences there.

The Deltona Authors' Book Fair

Workshops for Authors at Book Fair Event

The Deltona Regional Library’s second Authors Book Fair: Celebrating Writers and Readers will take place Oct. 15, 2011, in the library at 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona 32725. The doors open to the general public from 11:00 to 3:00.

Prior to the general session are two workshop at 8:45 and 9:45 geared to the interests of authors:
  • 7 Steps for a Wildly Successful Book Tour presented by Sarasota author, Liz Coursen, who will have just completed an 81 city book tour.
  • Pamela Starr, Regional Development Director for Constant Contact will be conducting a social media workshop entitled: How (and why) to incorporate social media into your marketing strategy.
Also returning this year is the popular pre-event hosted by Ruby Tuesday to which all authors and sponsors are invited.

For more information or to register, go to or the Facebook page.

For more information or an application, call 386-574-9376 or check online at

Creative Writing: From Manuscript to Publication with Vic Digenti

The road from writing a book to getting published can be a long and confusing one, particularly for the beginning writer who is searching for answers to questions large and small. Creative Writing: From Manuscript to Publication is a fast-paced, interactive workshop designed to answer those questions and prepare the new writer for publication. The daylong workshop is scheduled for Saturday, July 23 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

As a follow-up to his popular Novel in A Day workshop, Vic DiGenti, award-winning author of the Windrusher trilogy and the mystery, Matanzas Bay, guides the writer through the steps necessary for publication, shares valuable lessons on marketing, and provides timely insights into how to ePublish your book. The daylong workshop covers these topics and more:

• Revising Your Manuscript
• Writing the Query Letter
• Writing the synopsis
• Developing a marketing plan
• Building a Platform
• ePublishing and how it works

Creative Writing: From Manuscript to Publication is part of the University of North Florida’s Continuing Education program. Each workshop is limited to 16 people; so don’t delay in making your reservations. More information and registration details can be found at Or email Mr. DiGenti at

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Save the dates for the Sanibel Island Writer's Conference

Sanibel Island Writer's Conference
November 3-6, 2011

Participants at all stages of development—from notebook scribblers to published novelists—are invited to attend the 2011 Sanibel Island Writers Conference, being held November 3-6 at Big Arts Performance Center and the Sanibel Island Public Library. The conference is open to any aspiring writer who wants to create new work or refine a project already in progress.

We offer a variety of morning workshops in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, songwriting, journalism, children's literature, and creative nonfiction; afternoon panels on publishing, editing, obtaining an agent, collaborative writing, marketing, the creative process, and humor writing; and nightly readings, keynote address, and concerts—all presented by celebrated and experienced writers and teachers. We encourage all registrants to attend the entire conference, from morning writing exercises to nighttime cocktail hours.

For an additional fee, participants also have the opportunity to meet privately with a writer or editor to discuss (a maximum) 10 pages of a pre-submitted manuscript. We have 150 openings for the conference itself; however, space for individual manuscript consultations is very limited, so act fast!

We go out of our way to recruit workshop leaders & presenters who are both excellent, acclaimed artists as well as generous, accessible teachers. Past attendees have described our workshops "interactive, "intensive," "nurturing," "informative," "fun" and "stimulating."

For more info about our presenters, schedule, workshops, location, local airports, lodgings, general registration and manuscript consultations, visit our website at

UNF 2011 Writer's Conference

Don't miss the 2011 UNF Writers Conference at the University of North Florida
Jacksonville • August 5-7, 2011


Three days of workshops, critiques and connections:

FRIDAY WORKSHOPS presented in partnership with the Florida Writers Association. Learn about the craft of writing fiction, non-fiction and screenplays. Sharpen your marketing skills and network with best-selling authors and produced screenwriters.

WEEKEND CRITIQUE WORKSHOPS for fiction writers, non-fiction writers and screenwriters. Have your work critiqued by faculty and fellow writers in a nurturing workshop environment.

E-PUBLISHING SEMINAR everything you wanted to know about taking control of your writing destiny by e-publishing your books.

WRITERS PITCH BOOK submits your written pitches/loglines to agents, book editors and film producers in the form of a PITCH BOOK. If representatives and buyers like your pitch, you’ll be invited to submit your work.

For more information call 904-527-8922, email, or visit our website at

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Natural Selection by Mike Lanounette

Now available in book form and for Kindle, Natural Selection has just been released. I had the pleasure to read this book early on in its development. It's a wonderful story for all ages.


The Animal Council is a group of seven very different animals who manage the important decisions of the animal kingdom. Two new members are elected every year. Soon, they will discuss a vote regarding one of the most important decisions of all time, the extinction of the human race.

It seems there are many animals who are tired of man’s long-term destructive nature of Mother Earth, so there will be a vote to determine whether humans should be allowed the privilege of existence.

What makes the decision even more interesting is, for the first time ever, one of the animals scheduled to be elected to the council is a 12 year old girl named Emma. Join her, her Confirmers, and the Searchers on a perilous and exciting journey to Council Rock before it is too late.

About the Author

Mike Lanouette has been a teacher for over 25 years and his favorite thing to teach is ‘how to teach.’ He has a Ph.D. in instructional design and lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife and two daughters. He has had a few short stories published in out-of-the-way places, but knows it is time to take his creative juices to the next level.

Natural Selection (soon to be called Animal Council - Book I: Natural Selection) is available in book form and for Kindle at

Monday, July 4, 2011

Workshop: How to Make Money Writing On Line: Websites and Blogs

How to Make Money Writing On-line: Websites and Blogs

Aug. 6, 9am -12pm at West Melbourne Library, $20
handout provided, participants may bring laptop if desired
Advanced registration and online payment available at or

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Fairlington Lavender Detective Series by S.N. Bronstein

Anyone even remotely acquainted with Miami Beach knows that it is both Paradise Gained and Paradise Lost. Just as enigmatic is a former police officer and current private investigator Fairlington Lavender who works in the heart of the city.

Lavender has the insights and technical expertise of a 21st century investigator along with the tenacity and attitude of a 1940's gumshoe-philosopher. This leads the reader on a fast paced, sometimes humorous, sometimes emotional adventure in the first two novels of The Fairlington Lavender Detective Series. The trilogy includes The Case of the Miami Philanthropist, The Case of the Miami Blackmailer, and the soon to be published; The Case of the Miami Vigilante.

Author S. N. Bronstein, a life long resident of Miami Beach, lived and wrote for three years in The Washington, D.C. area. He now permanently resides in Indialantic with his wife Dawn and cat Nugget. Following a 35 year career as an educator in Miami, Bronstein retired in 2008 and devotes his time to writing.

His books are available at,,, in the Books and Books Lincoln Road outlet on Miami Beach, and on his web site.

For more information please visit his site at

Sunny Fader to conduct workshop and webinar

On August 15th, 2011, St. Petersburg based free-lance writer, Sunny Fader, will conduct a workshop and webinar based on her book, 365 Ideas For Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating and Rewarding Your Volunteers, at the Princeton Theological Seminary School of Christian Mission and Vocations.

The one-day workshop on “Cultivating and Inspiring Church Volunteers in Today’s Challenging Economy” will be held at the School of Christian Mission and Vocations on the Princeton University Campus. The afternoon webinar is being offered free to pastors and churches around the country. For further information contact Marybeth Chapman at

Friday, July 1, 2011

Book Signing tonight at Book Binders and Watch Winders

Stop by Book Binders and Watch Winders tonight (July 1, 2011) during the Eau Gallie Art District First Friday Festivities for a book signing with Michael Everett. He will be signing copies of his book, Recessions End from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm +

Book Binders and Watch Winders is the new bookstore at 535 W. Eau Gallie next to Concepts on Highland and across from Eau Gallie Square Park.

What other have said about Recessions End:

"For anyone who is depressed at the state of the economy, I think this book is just the prescription you need to pick you up and set your feet back on the road to health and prosperity" - Julia Widdop -

This fast-moving book is full of practical ideas you can use to take complete charge of your financial life and career." Brian Tracy, The Way to Wealth

It will most certainly give a lot of people not only hope but give them methods on how they can begin to thrive in these challenging times... make sure you go out and get it." Les Brown.

Be sure to stop by Book Binders and Watch Winders tonight to meet Michael Everett and to see this new store in the Eau Gallie Arts District.